Mira Mesa resident Yen C. Tu was recently appointed to the San Diego County Water Authority board of directors by Mayor Dick Murphy for the city of San Diego. Tu, executive director for the Asian Business Association of San Diego, fills the unexpired term of Francesca Krauel on the Authority board. Tu's term will expire Jan. 30, 2003.
Tu has more than 20 years of experience in the San Diego community with political and major non-profit organizations. For the past 10 years, she has served in leadership roles that have helped shape key programs within the city. In her current position with the Asian Business Association of San Diego, she manages a chamber organization comprised of local businesses and individuals. In her three year tenure, she has increased membership in the Association by 40 percent to more than 350 members.
Tu is skilled in community relations, public policy, corporate and major gift fundraising. Prior to her post with Asian Business Association, she was a senior campaigner of the United Way of San Diego, where she created the Asian Pacific Leadership Giving program for annual contributions of $1,000 or more and achieved a 200 percent increase in memberships in just one year. She raised another $1.3 million by planning and directing a corporate solicitation program for more than 100 employees. As executive director of the Linda Vista Multi-Cultural Fair in 1996, Tu organized an annual parade and street fair that drew 15,000 people. She has also worked with the city of San Diego to help develop a used oil recycling program.
In local politics, Tu served as a legislative assistant to County Supervisor Ron Roberts, where she implemented community outreach programs to improve constituent welfare and safety. She has also been a council representative to former Council members Tom Behr and Barbara Warden.
Tu has been a board member of numerous organizations. In addition to her appointment with the Water Authority, she serves on the San Diego Economic Development Council, Mayor Dick Murphy's Asian Advisory Board and the Citizen Review Board on Police Practices.
Tu earned her bachelor's degree in Chinese Studies from University of California, San Diego in 1990. She resides in Mira Mesa with her husband.
The San Diego County Water Authority is a public agency serving the San Diego region as a wholesale supplier of water from Northern California and the Colorado River. The Water Authority works through its 23 member agencies to provide a safe, reliable water supply to almost three million county residents.
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